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Comment: Simple explanation: he tries to sound 'tough' (Score 1) 98

Cameron is trying to sound "tough" to appeal to voters, especially in the run up to the General Election in May. Of course, sounding tough doesn't require that your stated policy makes any sense technically, logically, economically or in any other sense.

Comment: Re:PR works well? Where? (Score 5, Insightful) 413

by daveewart (#48478649) Attached to: Mathematicians Study Effects of Gerrymandering On 2012 Election

The great virtue of 'first past the post' is that it forces parties to appeal to a wider group than their obvious supporters...

I'm not sure that's necessarily true, but what FPTP does do is push everything towards a two-party state. This is why you get, effectively, extremists on both sides. Case in point: UK and USA. Minor parties are pushed out, moderate viewpoints are ignored. FPTP directly leads to "Us v. Them" contests.

In fact, thinking more about your first point: I don't think it's quite true. FPTP encourages parties to talk negatively about their opponents rather than push their own positive points.

Comment: Dropping NPAPI broke VMware consoles on Linux (Score 2) 107

by daveewart (#48456015) Attached to: Google Chrome Will Block All NPAPI Plugins By Default In January

Google Chrome for Linux dropped support for NPAPI in version 35. This meant that if you use VMware, there's now no current browser which allows you to open VMware consoles via VMware vSphere/vCenter.

This is because of two related issues:

- vCenter needs Flash, but it has to be *recent* Flash (not 11.2 Linux Flash). Only option which provides recent Flash is Chrome;

- vCenter's 'launch console' add-in is NPAPI-based, so that won't work from Chrome version 35 onwards.

Therefore my VMware-managing setup on my Linux desktop is Google Chrome 34, pinned to prevent updating; and this is used only for local VMware management, not browsing.

I post this just for information and to rant about it yet again, but of course this is VMware's fault for relying on a deprecated architecture for plugins.

Comment: Re:Git Is Not The Be All End All (Score 1) 245

by oojah (#48195163) Attached to: Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime
On the "single source of truth" point, I don't think this is incompatible with distributed version control. Just make it your policy that a given repository is the canonical source.

If their existing SCM application is working for them, and they're happy with it, then it's perfectly fine.


Comment: Re:There are no "remote" exploits for bash (Score 1) 329

by daveewart (#48019895) Attached to: Bash To Require Further Patching, As More Shellshock Holes Found

unless the default is dash like in for example debian and ubuntu of ocourse...

It depends on the ancestry of the system. Recent installs appear to have /bin/sh symlinked to /bin/dash, but older installs (even if subsequently upgraded to latest stable) persist the former default of linking /bin/sh to /bin/bash

Specifically, I've got servers which were originally installed in 2005, have been upgraded from the original Debian Sarge; these link to /bin/bash. Anything installed afresh since about Debian Lenny seems to have /bin/dash

Comment: Re:Beware journald... (Score 1) 379

by oojah (#46208475) Attached to: Debian Technical Committee Votes For Systemd Over Upstart

Are you using some magic shell which understands the syntax of every executable command line in the system? I want me one of those.

No magic shell, just bash. I knows what you tell it. Lots of distros take care to provide this sort of support, I couldn't comment on arch. Perhaps you're missing some bash-completion package? See e.g.

Comment: Loss of memorabilia (Score 4, Interesting) 99

by martin (#46072543) Attached to: Bletchley Park's Bitter Dispute Over Its Future

Oh that explains why all the memorabilia has gone since we visited 5 years ago and last year.

Very sad that this of the park has gone, it really helps the younger ones to see things in context with the work that went on there, seeing real life artifacts such as toys and the scenes from the time.

Also explains why we cant buy 1 ticket at the entrance for both the Park and the Computing museum with Colossus etc inside it.

Again all very sad that they cant get this joined up to work together, moss other places are putting on living history stuff and BP is pulling it all out.

One can't proceed from the informal to the formal by formal means.